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Restoring a sense of community

Walking, biking, chatting, eating, shopping, chilling. In civic space brimming with green grass, shoppers will savor good eats and cool retail shops.  This is the charming portrait that a new master plan offers for downtown Elon. It’s a far cry from its current state — and a vision that many Elon students embrace. Over the years, the Town of Elon’s main attraction has been the university’s exquisite campus. A botanical garden, in fact. Yet, as students routinely note, the drab streetscape of the surrounding town lack the same personality. “You know what would be cool for Elon? Something like King’s Street in Charleston!” said Marissa Russo, an Elon junior. Town leaders advanced a revitalization plan recently for the eight-block area near the McEwen Communications School, known as downtown Elon.  Under this proposal, the new downtown would consist of boutiques, restaurants, offices and apartments— and much needed parking. A project aimed at redefining the community at the center of the 5,500-student campus and a handful of residential neighborhoods. The plan is to make the structures sharp, chic and inviting. An …